SUWIDHA Ė A Perspective

Governments world over have been criticized for not delivering the services for which they were created. The giant machinery remains at work with virtually no output. In the past, several attempts have been made to improve its efficiency by introducing Information Technology (IT), however, the dividends have been minimal and the plight of the citizen remains the same. The citizen wonders at the very sight of the digital gadgets used in government offices. The computers are planted with great expectations of creating miracles, but the whole effort turns out to be mere hype and internal data processing. It may be worthwhile examining the Citizen dilemma:

Initiating IT activities with government dilatory procedures cannot yield the desired results. At best it can slightly increase the efficiency of the staff. The citizen friendly system can only be built after Re-engineering government processes while keeping citizen convenience as the prime goal of the whole exercise. The government has to redefine and redesign itself at all levels. Today, for example, for every petty service charge, one has to go to the bank and treasury for making payment before the application form is accepted in some other government office. The government needs to answer many questions such as:

  1. Why canít the petty fee be accepted at the counter itself and deposited in the treasury by the government office as a composite challan?
  2. What is the need to visit many branches for a single service?
  3. Why canít a citizen charter be defined with service delivery time frame depending upon the type of service desired?
  4. Why canít a control loop be included in each activity so that the delivery mechanism can be checked for quality?
  5. What is the need for verification again and again? Canít the services be provided on the spot?
  6. When there is a single government, why to have a number of faces to talk to the citizen?

SUWIDHA has been conceived to facilitate citizen by capturing the input at a single point, defining a specified delivery date depending upon the type of service and accepting cash at the counter itself.

Following are the objectives of SUWIDHA Project:


The project was initiated in August 2002 at Fatehgarh Sahib. It was inaugurated by Honíble Chief Minister of Punjab on 31.10.2002. The project was funded by Government of India, Department of Communication & Information Technology. The project was successfully completed by District Administration with technical support of National Informatics Centre, Punjab State Centre. Based on the success of the pilot, the Government of Punjab decided to implement this project in all districts of Punjab along with SUWIDHA Back-end Services (SUBS) of the Deputy Commissioner Branches in December 2004. The project replication started in all districts with technical support of NIC-District Centres. As of now, the project is being executed in all Deputy Commissionersí offices. All the objectives given above have been achieved successfully. Now the project has been extended to establish State Level Data Centre for SUWIDHA Project.

Service Orientation

How SUWIDHA Works?

With this process, all applications received are recorded and monitored against the delivery due date, branch-wise. Computerized print, placement of processes has improved the quality of service. SUWIDHA Software provided the facility of local language (Punjabi) as well. The operators are available on the counters for the prescribed timings so easily accessibility to the citizens.